Shahzad thumps Afghanistan to four-wicket win

Afghanistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Sharjah
Zimbabwe were given a great start after opting to bat, as Peter Moor struck a well-compiled fifty. The openers added 71 before Rokhan Barakzai got Richmond Mutumbami out© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakZimbabwe were given a great start after opting to bat, as Peter Moor struck a well-compiled fifty. The openers added 71 before Rokhan Barakzai got Richmond Mutumbami out
Craig Ervine got quickly into action, employing deft sweeps and reverse sweeps to earn his runs© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakCraig Ervine got quickly into action, employing deft sweeps and reverse sweeps to earn his runs
The returning Hamilton Masakadza added 98 for the third wicket with Ervine, thereby setting a strong platform for a competitive total© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakThe returning Hamilton Masakadza added 98 for the third wicket with Ervine, thereby setting a strong platform for a competitive total
The bowlers, however, kept chipping away at the wickets towards the end© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakThe bowlers, however, kept chipping away at the wickets towards the end
Ervine holed out to long-off for 73, helping Zimbabwe post a total of 253 after 81 runs were plundered off the last 10 overs© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakErvine holed out to long-off for 73, helping Zimbabwe post a total of 253 after 81 runs were plundered off the last 10 overs
Afghanistan's openers added 82 solid runs before Sikandar Raza broke through© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakAfghanistan's openers added 82 solid runs before Sikandar Raza broke through
Mohammad Shahzad found runs with some muscular strokes, including a six to bring up his fifty© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakMohammad Shahzad found runs with some muscular strokes, including a six to bring up his fifty
However, just as it appeared like Afghanistan would cruise to the target, they slipped from 169 for 1 to 186 for 5© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakHowever, just as it appeared like Afghanistan would cruise to the target, they slipped from 169 for 1 to 186 for 5
Shahzad, who was stuck in the 90s for almost eight overs, finally got to his fourth ODI century© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakShahzad, who was stuck in the 90s for almost eight overs, finally got to his fourth ODI century
Elton Chigumbura's multiple strikes continued to infuse belief into Zimbabwe, who fought valiantly but it was a task too far© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakElton Chigumbura's multiple strikes continued to infuse belief into Zimbabwe, who fought valiantly but it was a task too far
Shahzad finished on 131* - the highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in ODIs - as the target of 254 was achieved with four wickets and 14 balls to spare© Chris Whiteoak
© Chris WhiteoakShahzad finished on 131* - the highest score by an Afghanistan batsman in ODIs - as the target of 254 was achieved with four wickets and 14 balls to spare

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  • yousuf3858336 on December 30, 2015, 7:10 GMT

    What a win. Mohammad Shahzad lasted 50 overs and set all sorts of records. Afghanistan is ready for full member staus, but ICC and the big three are too greedy to let this happen anytime soon, since Afghanistan cannot bring proceeds to the ICC.

  • Najeebullah Danish on December 30, 2015, 2:38 GMT

    congratulations Afghanistan Cricket team

  • Sohan on December 30, 2015, 2:18 GMT

    Congratulations MS, Congratulations Afghanistan. Hope you whitewash the ongoing ODI Series.

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